Emerging Technologies for Energy Internet

Submission Deadline:  29 February 2020

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Emerging Technologies for Energy Internet.

With the increased penetration of renewable energy sources such as PV, wind, tidal, and ocean waves in global energy, Energy Internet has been widely regarded as one promising solution for the serious energy crisis and environmental pollution problem. Unlike the conventional centralized power generation structure, energy internet widely utilizes different types of distributed generations (DGs), which are located closer to the user and generate the electric power within distributed networks. Modular energy storage devices (ESDs) such as batteries of electric vehicles can effectively complement the function of DGs through bidirectional plug-and-play power interface. Thus, energy internet has the ability to minimize the power loss, enhance the power quality, and improve the system reliability.

However, energy internet faces many challenges for the wide application in industry from different design levels such as device level, power-interface level, and system level. Device level refers to the new material for PV cells, wind turbines, batteries, and supercapacitors. Most important is the wide bandgap (WBG) materials such as Gallium Nitride (GaN) for the power semiconductor devices in order to improve the switching frequency and power density. The challenges for power interfaces cover the topology, control, communication, and protection of various power converters to accommodate the DC/AC voltage bus with DGs or ESDs. Solid-state transformer (SST) has gained more attention as the energy router with good expandability, compatibility and easy regulation of power, control, and communication. For the system-level design in the energy internet, the intelligent energy and fault management with hierarchical control become more important.

Until now, limited research has been done and a limited number of articles have been published to address the key design challenges for the energy internet from different levels such as the device level, power-interface level, and system level. The goal of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to present and highlight the emerging technologies from different levels to promote the energy internet for wide industry application. In this Special Section in IEEE Access, we would like to invite researchers who are working on related research issues to contribute high quality articles to present their latest research findings from different aspects.  Both original practical work and review articles are highly welcome.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The structure, characteristics, modelling, and optimization of WBG power semiconductor devices for the power electronics application.
  • Power integration design including both active and passive components for high frequency operation.
  • New material or structural design for distributed renewable energy devices such as PV cells or Wind Turbines.
  • Topology, modulation, and protection of power converters in order to improve the power efficiency and power density.
  • Modular SST design and optimization for either DC or AC distributed power systems.
  • Emerging technologies for accommodation of renewable power generation.
  • Planning and operation of energy storage in contexts of Energy Internet.
  • Flexible planning and operation of power distribution networks with Microgrid or virtual Microgrid.
  • Virtual power plants and demand response in context of the Integrated Energy System.
  • Emerging challenges and technologies for cyber security of Energy Internet.
  • Operation and energy management of Electric Vehicles in context of urban transportation and smart grids.
  • Coordinated charging operations of Electric Vehicles in power grids towards zero carbon emissions.
  • Distributed charging management of Electric Vehicles based on block-chain and other emerging technologies.
  • Smart Energy Utilization technologies in electrified urban railway transportation.
  • Emerging railway traction systems in power grids.
  • Application of advanced Artificial Intelligence techniques in the system control and protection of Energy Internet.

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Associate Editor:   Huiqing Wen, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China

Guest Editors:

  1. Yung C. Liang, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  2. Ivona Mitrovic, University of Liverpool, UK
  3. Depeng Li, University of Hawaii, USA
  4. Moncef Tayahi, Cleveland State University, USA
  5. Fei Lu, Drexel University, USA
  6. Xianming Ye, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Power Quality and Harmonics Issues of Future and Smart Grids
  2. Energy Harvesting and Scavenging: Technologies, Algorithms, and Communication Protocols
  3. The Internet of Energy: Architectures, Cyber Security, and Applications

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:
  Prof. Derek Abbott, University of Adelaide

Paper submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: Huiqing.Wen@xjtlu.edu.cn.